Photo: Rick Lew; Styling: Sara Foster
Prep Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
3 Hours
Grill Time
20 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

For super-tender meat, marinate baby back ribs in beer and bake in the oven for three hours before grilling. These ribs grill for just 10-15 minutes, since they will have been almost cooked through in the oven.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Spread onion slices evenly on a rimmed baking sheet, and place ribs, bone side down, on top. Pour beer over ribs, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, and cover tightly with foil. Bake 3 hours or until tender.

Step 2

Brush both sides of ribs with Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce. Grill over medium heat, meat side down, 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly charred and crispy, basting several times with sauce. Flip ribs over, and baste cooked side liberally. Close grill lid, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, basting often. Remove from heat; let rest 10 minutes. Cut individual ribs apart, and serve warm.

Step 3

Note: You can bake the ribs (step 1) up to a day ahead, but you'll need to leave them on the grill a few minutes longer to make sure they're heated through.

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Ratings & Reviews

July 05, 2016
Yes, as anther reviewer stated, chop the onions in a food processor.  You can cut them up by hand. Either way, once chopped, mix them into your BBQ sauce.


February 09, 2018
I have made this over a dozen times, and EVERY TIME it is great. My guests and myself enjoy this so much since they are the perfect ribs. Of course adding your own favorite sauce finishes it well!! But almost every time I serve it, I have someone asking for the recipe!!!

Pretty good

July 01, 2018
Made for the first time because the weather has kept us all inside.  Used our homemade pork rub and baked the ribs on a rack so they could sit above the beer.  After three hours they were super-tender, fall-off-the-bone.  Basted with sauce & finished at 500F for ten minutes.  Think next time might put a couple drops of liquid smoke in the beer, see what happens.

Very Good Rib Recipe

August 06, 2018
Like others, I do not review recipes.  However, the ribs were so tender and delicious, I had to write a review.  I also baked the ribs for only 2 hours, I did add garlic to the baking pan with the onions and Sam Adams Lager.  I used Buffalo Trace original BBQ sauce for the grilling step.  Many compliments during dinner as well as after!  This recipe is a keeper!

lindatiki's Review

March 19, 2009
Lives up to its name! Falling off the bone, indeed, and couldn't be easier. Great flavor from the beer. This was the first time I'd ever made baby back ribs and they were perfect. I'm sure you could substitute water for the beer if you wanted.

eloucks80's Review

May 28, 2010
I've made these several times, and they always get rave reviews!!! Best rib recipe ever!

Luckyme1's Review

March 30, 2014
This is the third time I've made these. It is now the "go to" rib recipe for us. 2 hours in oven is enough for fall of the bone ribs. Let ribs rest for at least an hour before trying to handle or transfer. Absolutely delicious, tender, fairly simple, and no need to baste on a grill for hours. Made per recipe, and put in fridge until next day, then on the grill for just a short time. Perfect. Use any of your favorite BBQ sauces, and you have a winner. I purée the cooked onions into the BBQ sauce, delightful.

nycook7's Review

May 28, 2011

JEBishop's Review

April 30, 2010
This will be our second time making this ... it is absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

AmyMahoney's Review

May 24, 2012